Volunteer Adviser

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Last year our brilliant team of volunteer advisers helped 2,383 people with over 9,000 issues! If you believe in social justice, have some time to spare and want to make a real difference, why not join us?

What will you do?

  • complete an introduction to Citizens Advice and training for your role
  • talk to clients over the phone, face to face, or online to explore the problems they need help with
  • find information about clients’ problems and help them to understand their options
  • support clients to take action to resolve their problems. This might include drafting or writing letters, making phone calls, or referring the client to another organisation
  • write a summary of the clients’ problems and what action you’ve taken
  • look out for problems that are common, or are unfair, and write a short report about the problem

Some examples of what you could do: 

  • help a client with debts access the support they need 
  • explore what benefits a client is entitled to and help them to complete a benefit application form.
  • help a client who has problems with their landlord to understand their housing rights. 

 Volunteering with us you will:

  • make a real difference to people’s lives 
  • learn about a range of issues such as benefits, debt, employment and housing.
  • build on valuable skills such as communication, listening and problem solving, and increase your employability
  • work with a range of different people, independently and in a team.
  • have a positive impact in your community.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, so what are you waiting for? 

What skills do I need?

You don’t need specific qualifications or experience; Advisers receive full training and always have a supervisor available but you’ll need to:

  • be friendly and approachable
  • be non-judgmental and respect views, values and cultures that are different to your own
  • have good listening skills
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • have good maths and IT skills
  • be able to understand information and explain it to others
  • be willing to learn about and follow the Citizens Advice aims, principles and policies, including confidentiality and data protection
  • be willing to undertake training in your role

Details

  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Travel, expenses incurred
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
    Structured training / ongoing support
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 07/07/2021

End Date: 31/07/2022

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Availability Details

8 evening meetings of the full trustee board each year, usually held in Saffron Walden, plus an all-day strategy meeting and daytime AGM. Further meetings of sub committees as required

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Uttlesford Citizens Advice

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Interests

  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Disability
  • Health and Social Care

Activities

  • Administration and Office
  • Legal Work
  • Supporting People and Befriending

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